NEWS

Rectors urged to think big

Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou has written to the rectors of state universities and the heads of technical colleges asking them to back a government initiative aimed at modernizing the institutions and bringing in much-needed revenue by attracting foreign students to study in Greece.

Diamantopoulou has reportedly asked the rectors to send her a list of proposals by the end of the month on how to improve the quality of Greek institutions and offer postgraduate courses to foreign students. The best proposals would be included in bilateral agreements being drafted between Greece and countries including Israel, China and Germany, said Diamantopoulou, who is on an official visit to Tel Aviv. The minister agreed with her Israeli counterpart Gideon Sa?ar to boost bilateral cooperation in the higher education sector.

Meanwhile, back in Athens, university professors sent their own letter to Prime Minister Lucas Papademos asking for a meeting with him to discuss salary cuts in their sector.